This report presents findings from an infoasaid learning review of a six month pilot accountability/communication project implemented by infoasaid and World Vision Kenya in Taita Taveta County. The project, which was launched in February 2012, aimed to support the delivery of World Vision's 'Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation' through improved communication with drought-affected communities.
The project introduced a weekly interactive radio programme on Anguo FM radio station about livelihoods, food security and health. It also established a FrontlineSMS information hub, provided communications training for World Vision staff and partners and distributed phones and solar chargers to crisis affected communities.
The review found that the interactive radio programme increased communities' access to practical information to help them improve their food and livelihood security, and helped to manage communities' expectations and provide psychological reassurance as projects were winding down. However, female listenership was low as women were often cooking and did not have access to radio sets while the programme was being broadcast. Other findings included the need to broadcast in a language which everyone understands, rather than the language of the largest ethnic group, and the need to spend more time training stakeholders on the use of FrontlineSMS and solar radio chargers.